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A noble terroir elevates Chandon de Briailles' Île des Vergelesses Blanc.
“One of my favorite “sleeper” white Burgundy bottlings … consistently excellent year in and year out.”John Gilman
Ciacci’s 2013 Brunello “Pianrosso” rivals the famed 1990.
“Dazzling … remarkable finesse combined with an age-worthy structure. 98 rating.”Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast
2014 Billaud-Simon Chablis Tête d’Or
“Classic Chablis character ... excellent depth and length. Recommended.” Allen Meadows
“Situated at the foot of Montée de Tonnerre, on similar soil ... lively and long. Very promising.”Stephen Tanzer
Three Hidden Gems from Rioja’s Great 1970 Vintage
Our mission to unearth caches of classic Rioja from the best cellars of northern Spain has led us to troves of great and rare wine. But it has also taught us two valuable lessons about aged Rioja.
Alzinger’s Loibenberg Smaragd from the outstanding 2012 vintage.
“Extraordinary Riesling. 95 rating.”David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate
Chave’s “Domaine” St. Joseph
“One of the best examples I know ... delivers remarkably good value ... especially compared to Hermitages of equal quality.”Josh Raynolds on Chave St. Joseph
Ca’ Nova’s brilliantly old-school 2013 Montefico & Montestefano
“One of the true undiscovered jewels of Barbaresco … intense, classically proportioned Barbarescos full of personality.”Antonio Galloni
Clape’s Fabulous Côtes du Rhône & Le Vin des Amis
“Some of the best kept secrets of the northern Rhône.”Jeb Dunnuck
Pristine 1968 Barolos from an 18th-century cellar.
The Rare Wine Co. has earned its reputation as the country’s most trusted source for older Barolo and Barbaresco for a reason: we do our homework.
Cédric Bouchard’s Val de Vilaine Blanc de Noirs, 2008-2012
“Minute quantities of impeccably exquisite wines.”Peter Liem on Cédric Bouchard
“Some of the most vivid, eloquent Champagnes readers are likely to come across and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”Antonio Galloni on Bouchard’s wines
A mixed 6-pack of Chevillon’s brilliant 2013s
“An absolutely superb set of wines.”John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Denis Bachelet’s transcendent Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
“I love Denis Bachelet’s Gevrey Vieilles Vignes bottling, which year in and year out is the quality equivalent of a top ... high class juice!” John Gilman, View from the Cellar
“Some of the best not just in Gevrey-Chambertin, but in Burgundy.”Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate on Bachelet
An Epic Vintage Creates Greatness in Serralunga’s Francia and Cerretta
“Some of the finest Barberas I have tasted here … rich, radiant and explosive.”Antonio Galloni
John Raytek’s Brilliant 2015 Ceritas Chardonnays & Pinot Noirs
“Off the charts great.”Antonio Galloni on the Ceritas 2015s
The smart money is on Pierre Cotton to become The Giant of Beaujolais’ Traditional Revival.
“I can think of few better indicators of the stratospheric potential of cru Beaujolais terroir than the nascent career of young Odenas winemaker Pierre Cotton.”Aaron Ayscough, Not Drinking Poison in Paris
François Cotat’s Brilliant Sancerre Rosé: 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2011
“The greatest rosé in the Loire Valley, and one ofJohn Gilman, View from the Cellar
the two or three greatest dry in the entire world.”
1985 and 1987 Coto de Imaz Gran Reservas
While stocks of well-cellared old Rioja are fast drying up, and prices from the producers are on a steep ascent, we continue our search.
2015 Crozes-Hermitage: The Insiders’ Northern Rhône Syrahs Come of Age.
“2015 is a joyous year at Crozes-Hermitage.”John Livingstone-Learmonth
“A huge success in 2015.”Jeb Dunnuck on Crozes-Hermitage
Vincent Paris’ Epic 2015 Cornas La Geynale
“Powerful yet almost shockingly graceful style … superb detail and focus. 95 rating.”Josh Raynolds
“The finest wine made from this up and coming superstar. 98 rating.”Jeb Dunnuck
2006 Querciabella Camartina... including rare large formats
“Awesome … this wine has it all. 95 rating.”Antonio Galloni
In 2013, many of Valentini’s old Trebbiano vines were destroyed, making 2012 & 2013 a turning point for an iconic wine.
“It is with the white, made from the usually ordinary Trebbiano grape, that Valentini stakes its claim to greatness.”Eric Asimov
“One of Italy’s most iconic producers.”Antonio Galloni on Valentini
Domaine Georges Vernay’s Coteau de Vernon & Chaillées de l’Enfer
“This is the top house for elegant, utterly refined Condrieu.”John Livingstone-Learmonth
“Readers looking for the best Condrieu has to offer need look no further.”Jeb Dunnuck
The stunning, decade-old 2007 Vallana Gattinara
“Intense, ample aromas … firmly structured … a mineral vein energizes the finish. 94 rating.”Kerin O’Keefe, author of Barolo and Barbaresco, The King and Queen of Italian Wine
Biondi-Santi was one of the most anticipated of 2010 Brunello releases. And it could be a major disappointment for those who miss it.
“A thing of real beauty.”Antonio Galloni on 2010 Biondi-Santi Brunello
The Old School Nebbiolo, 2011 Le Piane Boca
“Among the great wines of Italy ... simply a magical bottle. 96 rating.”Antonio Galloni
Two Parker 100-point 2010 Châteauneuf du Papes: Grand Veneur Vieilles Vignes & Mas de Boislauzon Cuvée de Quet
“A monumental effort meriting a perfect score.”Robert Parker on the 2010 Grand Veneur V.V.
“Everything one could desire in a dry red wine.”Robert Parker on the 2010 Cuvée de Quet
Old-Vine brilliance from Champs Chenys 2013-2015, including possibly the last-ever Cuvée de Vieilles Vignes.
“One of the very top domaines in all of the Côte d’Or.”John Gilman
2015 Malartic-Lagravière Rouge: Shadowing the Big Boys in an Historic Vintage
“Rich, dramatic and powerful. 96+ rating.”Antonio Galloni
“Stupendous … 94-96 rating.”Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Fèlsina Rancia Riserva: A towering expression of Sangiovese
“Shaping up to be a real stunner. 94-96+ rating.”Antonio Galloni on the 2013 Rancia
“Built on compelling overall harmony. 94+ rating.”Antonio Galloni on the 2012 Rancia
Louis Michel’s great 2014s
“Michel’s name instantly springs to mind among connoisseurs when they consider which domaine best represents the ‘no wood’ school in Chablis.”Allen Meadows, Burghound
Beppe Colla’s 2013 Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose recalls the great Prunotto Bussias from 1961 to 1990.
“Reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted … don’t miss it. 96 rating.”Antonio Galloni
Elio Grasso’s extraordinary 2013 & 2010 crus take their place in the Barolo elite.
“Grasso's Barolos sit at a very high level within the hierarchy of Piedmont's top estates.”Antonio Galloni
The top-of-the-line 1964 from an Old School Rioja great, Bodegas Montecillo
As 1961 is to Bordeaux, so 1964 is for Rioja: the region’s true “vintage of the century.”
Jean-François Ganevat creates magic in a pair of painfully low-yield vintages.
“Wines mind-boggling both in diversity and quality.”The Wine Advocate on Ganevat
“What Didier Dageuneau did for Pouilly-Fumé, Ganevat has done for the southern stretches of the Jura in less than the blink of an eye.”Vinous Media
Zilliken’s Rare Dry Grand Cru Riesling from Two Knockout Vintages
“Dynamite 95+ rating ... An utter masterpiece 96 rating.”John Gilman on the 2015 & 2011 Zilliken Rausch Grosses Gewachs
“The most brilliant of all Saar wines ... sleek, radiantly clear Rieslings ... truly timeless."Vinous
The full spectrum of expression from the Master of Morgon, Jean Foillard
“Wonderful, life-affirming expressions of Beaujolais ...Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
superb tension and energy.”
2009 & 2012 Old School Red Burgundies
“A scintillating set of Savigny-les-Beaune winesNeal Martin, Wine Advocate on the 2012s
from quite possibly the village’s finest producer.”
Domaine Forey’s Towering 2012 & 2014 Clos Vougeots
“Impressively powerful, muscular and textured … classically styled. 94 rating.”Burghound on the 2014
“Intense and delicious … wonderfully long ... built-to-age.Burghound on the 2012
Long-Depaquit’s monumental 2014 Les Clos & 2014 Vaudésir at abargain mixed 6-pack price.
“Explosively persistent. 94 rating.”Burghound on Les Clos
“Positively huge length. 94 rating.”Burghound on Vaudésir
Charles Heidsieck’s Masterful 2005 Brut
“Thierry Roset makes one of his masterpieces here.”Richard Juhlin
“Deep, full-bodied, focused and complex ... classic finish ... fine, fine juice.”John Gilman
There are other great producers, but none that can match the consistency of Charles Heidsieck.”Tom Stevenson
The rare 2008 Mount Eden Reserve, perfectly cellared by us since release.
“What a gorgeous wine the 2008 is turning out to be ... 96 rating.”Antonio Galloni
“If I were to present to a visiting European the wines of just one California winery to demonstrate the originality of California wine, I’d choose Mount Eden.”Matt Kramer on Mount Eden
Fuligni’s 2013 shares “wine of the vintage” honors
“This hauntingly beautiful wine showcases everything Brunello can be. 97 rating.”Ian D’Agata, Vinous
Peter Jakob Kühn dominates the Rheingau, as Müller does the Mosel and Keller the Rheinhessen. This rare Kühn case features the great 2015s & the uber-scarce 2014 Landeflecht & Schlehdorn.
“Wines of extraordinary clarity, complexity and energy.”David Schildknecht
"Thrilling wines ... transcendental.”Stephan Reinhardt
"A calm and effortless force … our ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2016.”Gault & Millau
From their library, 1978 Châteauneuf Les Cèdres
“The Benchmark House when I started in the Rhône in 1973.”John Livingstone-Learmonth on Paul Jaboulet Aîné
2010 Isole e Olena Collezione de Marchi Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2010 is incredible ... 98 rating”Antonio Galloni
“The best pure Cabernet Sauvignon in Italy.”James Suckling
1998-2011: Fontodi’s Brilliant “Vigna del Sorbo” in an amazing 6-vintage vertical
“One of the Great Reds of Italy.”Antonio Galloni
Monumental Hermitages: Delas Les Bessards and Tourettes
“One of the top two to three wines in the vintage.”Jeb Dunnuck on the 2011 Les Bessards
“Magnificent.”Robert Parker on the 2009 Tourettes
A prized vertical of López de Heredia’s Viña Bosconia Reserva—2006, 2005 & 2004
“Amazing wines.” Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate on Bosconia Reserva
“Rioja’s greatest estate.”John Gilman
Among the last of the classic 2010 Brunellos
“One beautiful Sangiovese … 94 rating.”Monica Larner
“Best wine from here for ages. 96 rating.”James Suckling
A unique offer of 1998, 1999 & 2001 Ch. Musar Red.
“Reminds me very strongly of what the beautiful 1978 and 1979 drank like back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s ... a classic Musar! 94+ rating.”John Gilman on the 2001
“Really lovely wine. Fresh, sweet with some very slight mintiness ... 18.5/20 rating.”Jancis Robinson on the 1998
“Broad and rich with a minty note ... already gorgeous ... 18.5/20 rating.”Jancis Robinson on the 1999
“Germany’s answer to Clos Ste. Hune.”John Gilman on Keller
“If I had to choose one wine to show how great dry German Riesling can be, I would show a Keller Riesling ... the German Montrachets.”Jancis Robinson
“The best producer in Germany today ... everything he touches turns to gold.”Joel Payne in Tanzer’s IWC
2009 Pierre Gimonnet Cuvée Fleuron
“Absolutely fabulous. 94 rating.”Antonio Galloni
An unheard-of White Burgundy Steal. The Transcendent 2014 Fichet Auxey-Duresses.
“It is rare outside of [Leroy’s] Domaine d’Auvenay to see villages level Auxey of this quality.”Allen Meadows on the 2001
“Creamy, Meursault-like ... with plenty of energy. Finishes with noteworthy persistence.”on the 2008
“A hugely delicious, affordable white Burgundy.”Antonio Galloni on the 2010
Paitin, a founder of modern Barbaresco, including the great 2010s & mythic 1978
“At the top of their game.”Antonio Galloni
Delas’ Spectacular 2014 Condrieu Clos Boucher & 2015 Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes Blanc
“Sensational ... 97 rating.”Jeb Dunnuck on the ’15 Delas Tourettes
“Killer Condrieu ... 95 rating.”Jeb Dunnuck on the ’14 Clos Boucher
Three great vintages of the ultra-rare Ogier Condrieu Vieilles Vignes de Jacques Vernay ... just 125 cases made.
Superstar on a roll: in the Wine Advocate, 97 points for the 2015 and 96 points for the 2013 and 2011.
Incredible Assortments featuring Gonon, Balthazar, Chatagnier & Gramenon 2016s
“Graceful, elegant reds that showcase balance and freshness.”Josh Raynolds on the 2016 Northern Rhônes
“You are going to want these wines in your cellar.”Jeb Dunnuck on the 2016 Southern Rhônes
A vanishing legacy survives in a beautiful 2010 single-vineyard Barbaresco Riserva
Virtually hidden in Piemonte’s rich history is the story of a forgotten cousin of Nebbiolo, called Nebbiolo Rosé.
Pierre Gimonnet’s Extraordinary 2010 Special Club Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay
“Intense, resonant old-vine depth.”Peter Liem on Gimonnet Special Club
“Super delicious ... ”Richard Juhlin
Peciña’s 2006 V.S. Rioja: a drop-dead gorgeous red
“Long, pure and classic. 94+ rating.”John Gilman
Faiveley’s Towering 2012 & 2015 Mazis-Chambertin
“One of the standouts of the Côte de Nuits. 97 rating.”Neal Martin on the 2012
“Wonderfully concentrated ... palate-staining perfume. 93-96 rating.”Stephen Tanzer on the 2015
2014 Côtes du Rhône “lieu dit Clavin”
“Suave marriage of power and tension. 92 rating.”Josh Raynolds
Joseph Roty’s 2015 Cuvée de Pressonnier crushes the competition.
“Utterly suave ... punches way over its weight.”John Gilman
“Outstanding depth and length.”Allen Meadows
2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
“One of the truly great wines ever made at this historic . 97 rating.”Antonio Galloni
Fontanafredda’s new single-cru Proprietà in Fontanafredda
“Long, intense and complex.”Wine Spectator
“Smokey and savory ... a level of finesse and light-footedness that you don’t usually see in Serralunga d’Alba wines.”Wine Advocate
... in 3-liter bottles of 2011 Produttori Barbaresco
“Barbaresco may have gotten its revenge in 2011.”Antonio Galloni
Huet’s monumental 2015 Cuvée Constance.
“Stunning from the start … nearly endless finish. 99 rating.”James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
“Everything one could hope for from the confluence of this great estate and a legendary vintage. 97+ rating.”John Gilman
2009 Paul Pernot Bâtard-Montrachet
“Densely packed, massive and classically dry … considerable power.” Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
“Very Bâtard in character … lovely sense of harmony and intensity … quite powerful.”Allen Meadows, Burghound
Philipponnat’s Brilliant 2008 Cuvée 1522 Takes its Place with Champagne’s Elite
“Extraordinary. 94 rating.”Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
“Wonderfully rich, creamy and expansive.”Antonio Galloni
2015 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly
“What a fantastic Beaujolais … as good as it gets. 94 rating.”Neal Martin
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